style & substance – in Neutral

Mastering MINIMALism:    

The LESS-IS-MORE look requires more work than you realize.

See things black & white
See things in black & white.  FilmMagic (left & center), Getty Images (right).

In theory, the minimalist trend seems fairly easy to pull off.  It’s all about simplicity, so there’s no complicated pattern mixing involved, or piles of jewelry to layer just so. The “is this too much?” stress of glitter, sparkle and embellishment isn’t a factor either, and loud colors are usually kept to a palette of one or two—if that. Most pared-down outfits are centered around neutrals.  Yet, for such a perfect-sounding sartorial scenario, less-is-more dressing requires some serious finesse. Unlike the bigger-is-better ensembles, there’s no room for error: with only a few pieces to work with, the styling job needs to land somewhere between jeans-and-T-shirt basic and beautifully breathtaking.  The basics:

Black and White is the easiest and fastest way to nail down this look.

Making color the Main Event:

Getty Images
Getty Images

If you’re going to add color in a minimalist look, you’ve got to really add color. Display your hue (or hues, but you really shouldn’t do much more than two—it complicates things) of choice in a big splashy way, and keep the rest of your outfit quiet. 

Stick with Statement Accessories:

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Getty Images

Never, ever coordinate matching earrings, bracelets and a necklace—it’s better to go with one bold piece. Pick something striking (like a high-shine metallic or chunky crystal accent piece) to balance your otherwise unadorned look.

Consider Shape and Texture:

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Getty Images (left and right).  Wireimage (center).

Details like pleating, an asymmetrical hemline and multiple layers of the same colored fabric make the best understated statement. 

one of my favourites - neutral on neutral
keeping neutral – a favourite

 Are you more  Minimal or Maximal?

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